Mayor Wayne D. Power was first elected to the Placentia Town Council on September 23, 2008 and re-elected in the general election of September 2009. He was elected Mayor on September 24, 2013.
In his capacity as Mayor, Wayne chairs the Executive Committee of Council and represents the town as a Director of the Argentia Management Authority and the Argentia Port Corporation. He has previously served on various town committees and is past Chair of the Parks and Recreation and the Heritage and Tourism Committees of Council. With a great interest in building community and municipal awareness, Wayne has played an active role in the organization and hosting of many town sponsored programs, community events and activities. With a great interest in community engagement, he has enjoyed working with and supporting many of the organizations in the community.
Wayne is a graduate of Laval High School in Placentia in 2001, proceeding to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Memorial University in 2008. Wayne is also a trained Emergency Medical Responder and is active in the management and daily operation of Power’s Ambulance Service Ltd of Placentia. He is also a qualified instructor for St. John Ambulance and has completed various leadership and personal development programs through the Regional Cadet Instructor School and the College of the North Atlantic.
Recently, Wayne served as Chairperson of Placentia 350 Inc., the organization responsible for the yearlong celebrations commemorating the 350th anniversary of the establishment of Placentia in 2012.
Wayne joined the Canadian Cadet Movement in 1995 as a cadet with 2558 Placentia Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) and continues to contribute to the unit in a leadership role as an Officer in the Cadet Instructor Cadre - a branch of the Canadian Forces. He presently holds the rank of Lieutenant and serves as the Training Officer for 2558 Placentia.
Born out of his experience in emergency services, Wayne maintains an active interest in road safety. He has been a member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving [MADD] Canada since 2002, serving in a various roles at the national and regional level, including his current position as President of the Avalon Chapter.
An active member of his parish community from an early age, Wayne is presently Chairperson of the Our Lady of Angels Parish Finance Committee in Placentia and is active other parish committees in the region. He is also a member of the Placentia Area Historical Society, as well as a board member with Avalon West Community Business Development Corporation.
Wayne has received various awards and recognition throughout his years of community service. Most recently, Wayne was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, as well as the 10 year service award from MADD Canada.
Placentia’s Deputy Mayor Keith Pearson was born in Placentia in 1972, growing up in Jerseyside with his parents and seven siblings. In 1995, Keith married Isabel Murray, moving to Dunville where he, Isabel and son Patrick reside to present day.
Throughout his career, Keith has had the good fortune to live and work in Placentia. His early career began at the local Sobeys store as a clerk in 1991, rising through the ranks to manage various departments before becoming store manager in 2008. In 2011, Keith took a position with the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation in Placentia as store manager.
Keith is an active member in Placentia’s sporting community with interests in both hockey and soccer. He has been a local recreational league hockey referee for many years. Keith was also instrumental in co-founding Placentia’s Youth Soccer program, helping sow the seeds of a new generation of soccer heroes from Placentia.
Keith’s career in management positions over the years, in both professional and recreational capacities, as well as an elected councilor for the Town of Placentia, has taught him that values of hard work, determination, the ability to be firm where necessary, to compromise where possible, and to recognize that everyone can make a contribution.
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